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Whip Tips

January 12, 2010

Brian KentIf you were lucky enough to find the three pronged wine whip under the Christmas tree this year, or you are a winemaking enthusiast that has one, here are a couple of tips in using this useful piece of equipment.

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The Wine Whip- a wine makes best friend!

During the first stage, when you are finished adding the required amount of water to your juice/concentrate, you will read the direction “stir vigorously for 30 seconds”. When that direction is given, it means that you have to blend two liquids with different viscosities together so that they are well mixed. If you don’t stir vigorously, then you could find that the wine in your primary may be layered and will not have the correct specific gravity stated in the directions. Your solution is to stir the water/wine mixture with your wine whip for the next 30 seconds and achieve the correct specific gravity easily. There will be a layer of bubbles on your must, so use your thief to collect a sample of wine to measure your specific gravity with your hydrometer.

You can also use the wine whip during Stage 1 to mix the oak chips contained in the kit. Turn the whip on an angle, resting it on the rim of the primary and mix. This ensures that the oak chips are swept under the surface of the must to help make them more waterlogged (winelogged?).

Hopefully these two Wine Whip tips will help make your winemaking easier for you!

Cheers,

Brian

Wine Sense Portage Avenue


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